Principal/ Senior Piano Instructor/ Advanced Theory
Music Lifestyle Academy is the brainchild of Kellyn Quek, a qualified teacher of piano and music theory for some 20 years. Among her alma maters are Kingston University in London, from which she graduated with BA(HONS)MUS, as well as Diploma in Music.
Now, besides teaching, she also volunteers her coaching and music arrangement services for the Choir at a non-profit organization and has personally spearheaded numerous performances and fund raising efforts over the years.
As an ardent lover of music and a firm believer in its enriching effect on one’s emotional development and spiritual well-being, Kellyn started this academy with the intention of sharing her passion with those around her, hoping to teach others to think of music not merely as a form of entertainment or leisure, but as a way of life. The aim of the academy is to cultivate a genuine love and appreciation for music that extends beyond examinations and paper qualifications.
As a teacher, Kellyn believes in making music lessons both accessible and enjoyable for her students. Therefore, at Music LifeStyle, one can expect a structured, well-organized curriculum that has been carefully crafted with the goal of providing a holistic musical education in mind, as well as being tailor-made to meet the diverse requirements of all students.
Senior Violin/ Viola Instructor/ Performer
Narine Gevorgyan began her musical education in Gnessin State Musical College when she was 8, and almost immediately took part in stormy musical life. She participate and became laureate of the the 2nd prize at “New Generation Award 1999” International music competition, 1999 Moscow, Russia, and 1st prize at “Young Talented Musicians of Russia” music competition 2002, Moscow, Russia. With her family, she moves to Armenia in 2002 and entered the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory in class of famous Armenian violinist and teacher Victor Khachatryan (student of Leonid Kogan).
While studying at the Conservatory she had participated in many national festivals of chamber and orchestral music as an soloist and a team leader and was laureate of numerous international chamber music competitions in Europe and Russia. From 2007 to 2009 continued training at the Graduate School of Yerevan State Conservatory in class of Artashes Mkrtchyan (another student of Leonif Kogan). While studying at the conservatory, she had the opportunity to improve her violin technique and skills in several music academies in Germany and Austria.
During her education Narine played various recitals in chamber halls of Bucharest, Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Kiev. She also acctively participated in festivals in Germany, Malta, Spain, Armenia, Russia and China. Often invited as a concertmaster of touring festival orchestras, such as “Traveling Notes”, “I, culture Orchestra” etc. In 2014 she was invited to China to Harbin Symphony Orchestra as foreign specialist, where Narine acctively take a part of musical life. She plays chamber music concert series in China at music festivals, such us Harbin Summer Music Festival, Harbin Russian Music Festival, Beijing Chamber Music Festival. Combine with her orchestra and ensemble career in China she had a violin masterclasses in several Colleges and Universities. As an artist of the orchestra she worked with famouse conductors of our generation as Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Charles Dutoit, Yang Yang, Chen Xieyang.
Senior Cello Instructor / Concert Cellist/ Composer
Khachatur earns his Masters Degree from Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory. At the age of 13 he received a special prize in the Adult Section of the International Music competition “Virtuoses of XXI Century” in Moscow. In 2008, Khachatur won first prize in the International Italian Art Competition 2008 in Napoli. He worked as a consultant at the invitation of the city of Harbin, China, for the performance quality of the Harbin Symphony Orchestra. Having 13 years of experience teaching cello for all levels up to diploma.
Since 1993, he has been award recipient of prestigious music institutions such as the New Names,Aram Khachaturian Foundation and the Vladimir Spivakov Foundation. He considers the cycle of Bach’s six suites for solo cello his specialty and often plays them in one sitting.
Apart from performing, he also actively composes professionally symphonic works, chamber music and orchestral arrangements. One of his more accomplished works would be the arrangement for orchestra of Rachmaninoff’s Preludes.
Senior Guitar/ Recorder Instructor/ Performer/ Composer
Dominic is a two-time winner of the Yamaha Guitar Festival, in the Classical (Open) section in 1981 and the Pop (Open) section in 1990. He was also the winner of the Guitar (Open) section of the National Music Competition in 1982. While still in his teens, he had appearances on television (with the Yamaha Guitar Orchestra and radio (with his recorder consort, The Pipers’ Guild). After a diploma in music from LaSalle College of the Arts he went on to a BA (Hons) (Mus) from Kingston University, England, majoring in classical guitar.
In addition, he spent his post-graduate year at the Royal College of Music, England, where he obtained an ARCM in Early Music, this time majoring on the recorder. His teachers include Ernest Kwok, John Mills, Jochen Schubert, Michael Schneider, John Sharpley, Carlos Bonell, Elizabeth Page, Philip Thorby, Walter van Hauwe and Philip Pickett. Recordings with local musicians include Mark Chan (‘Nature Boy’, ‘Traveling under the light of the full moon’ and ‘Lear’) and Peculiar Remedies. Other notable appearances include playing recorder in Theatreworks’ ‘Broken Birds’ and guitar on ‘Mortal Sins’, mandolin with the Singapore Festival Orchestra on Howard Shore’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Suite and Rodion Shchedrin’s ‘Anna Karenina’. As a composer, he wrote music for local stagings of Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’, ‘Grimm Tales’ and independent film ‘Bipolar’.
Senior Piano/ Theory Instructor
Miss Susan has been teaching in music Schools for 20 over years. After completing Grade 8 Practical and Theory, she studied at La Salle College. She also obtained her Professional Teaching Certification of Licentiate Trinity College London (LTCL-Teaching).
Her broad-based love for music education, pedagogy has brought her to attend workshops in the US, as well as constantly upgrading herself through attending seminars. Her love for children, preschoolers is evidenced in her short stint at NUS Child-Care Centre.
Besides teaching, she also does piano accompaniment for instrumental exams, ballet. It is her aspiration to inspire students not merely love for music or as pianists but rather all-rounded musicians.
Serene Chua Ying Ying
Piano/ Theory Instructor
A graduate from NTU(Nanyang Technological University), Serene holds a degree in Education as well as Piano diploma. Having full grade 8 in both ABRSM Practical and Theory is a very passionate and experienced teacher for both individual and group lessons.
Miss Serene is aims to pursue LRSM and FRSM in the near future. Being a passionate music educator, she is proficient with the ABRSM , Trinity and Music Elective Programmes from her past experiences in teaching music at CHIJ Saint Nicholas Girls’& St.Andrew’s Secondary Schools.
A Mechnical Engineering graduate from NUS (National University of Singapore), Alexander has been playing violin for over 20 years and holds LTCL, ATCL, ABRSM Grade 8 Practical, ABRSM Theory Grade 8, Suzuki Violin Level 6.
Alexander aims to pursue FRSM at some point in the near future. Passionate and student-centric, he is proficient in teaching various syllabi such as Suzuki, ABRSM as well as Trinity Guildhall.
A multi-talented harmonica player, Steven currently plays lead at the Singapore Broadway Harmonica Ensemble. He picked up harmonica in 1975 during secondary school days. He plays the chromatic harmonica, tremolo harmonica, bass harmonica as well as chord harmonica.
In 1977 he joined Rediffusion Chinese Drama, and in 1982 he became the group instructor and Assistant Conductor for their Group harmonica Orchestra . In 1984, he joined Hainan Association Harmonica Orchestra and started to do score arrangement for the orchestra and also responsible for leading the percussion section. In the year 2005, he became a soloist and he played “ Endless Love” at the Victoria Theatre and in 2006, played as lead soloist for “ Butterfly Lovers Concerto” at Esplanade Concert Hall.
He received many compliments for his superb playing skills. Among his achievements comprised 1st Place in Harmonica Orchestra Competition for 2nd APHF(Malaysia) in 1998. In 2005, he represented Singapore and won a champion with Gold Award in HangZhou(China) INT Invitation Orchestra Competition. He is also the Champion with Gold Award NHC(Singapore) for Chromatic Solo in year 2008.
Having the 1st position Lead Player, he also actively arranges Harmonica music scores. In 2014, Steven co-wrote ‘Harmonica Method Book 1’ with Ms Kellyn Quek (Principal, Music LifeStyle) to simply and enhance harmonica learning methods.
Steven has performed many classical pieces, such as ‘Besame Mucho’, ‘Hora Staccato’. He also collaborated with World Class Violinist & Pianist Dr. Ayke Agus as well as Nicholas Quek (pianist) in performing ‘The Swan’ for ‘Future & Hope Charity Concert 2015’ at the Victoria Concert Hall.
Wei Xin Ng
Marketing & IT Support
A psychology graduate and counsellor-in-training, Wei Xin hopes to eventually use art, play and music in helping people cope with the daily grind and life issues. Besides, he had also achieved a full ABRSM grade 8 certification in both practical and theory exams.
Apart from his endeavours in the social services, he has an intrinsic liking for creativity. He has dabbled in designing collaterals such as banners and event shirts for various concerts and camps . Being on board the Music LifeStyle team has given him ample opportunity to further this passion in designing for Marketing and Digital Media.